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Signer of the Declaration of Independence and surgeon general of the Continental Army (1746-1813). ALS signed “Benj'n Rush,” one page, 8 x 9.75, August 9, [no year]. Letter to Rebecca Archer, the widow of Capt. Henry Waldegrave Archer. In part: "In looking over a number of letters from Dr. Franklin, I met with the enclosed, in which your deceased husband's name is mentioned wit…

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American judge and politician from South Carolina (1882-1972) who served the state as a congressman, senator, and as its 104th governor; additionally, he also served as a Supreme Court Justice and later as Secretary of State, making him one of the very few politicians to have served in the highest levels of all three branches of the American federal government while also being active in state gove…

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Collection of ten documents from early colonists and Mayflower colony descendants, dated from the mid-1600s to mid-1700s, with associated names including Winslow, Tyler, Ballantine, Bosworth, Holbrook, Gray, Thomas, Peabody, and Gould. Includes: Samuel Bosworth (DS, March 18, 1668); John Winslow and Isaac Winslow (DSs, December 10 and 20, 1672); Elizabeth Williams (DS, September 8, 1691); Isaac W…

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Manuscript DS, one page, 7.75 x 12, December 20, 1704. Incredibly rare deed signed by Native Americans from the Tackanash family, recording the sale of "a place commonly known by the native name of Paquay Neck lying at the southern point of said neck," from Joshua Tackanash, Isaac Tuhkimmy, and Elihu Tickknish to Samuel Smith of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. The signatures of the Native Ameri…

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Manuscript DS, one page, 15 x 11.5, June 9, 1684. Original deed for the sale of Indian chief Joseph Sepit's land in New Plymouth to Elisha Bourne for one pound and one half sterling. Signed with famous Native American chief Joseph Sepit's 'turtle' pictograph and countersigned by William Bassit, Edward Stewart, and Runanna Bourne. Affixed to a larger scrapbook page with old catalog…

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American politician (1753-1813) who served as both attorney general and secretary of state in George Washington's cabinet. Signed book: Summary of the Law of Nations, Founded on the Treaties and Customs of the Modern Nations of Europe, by Georg Friedrich von Martens. First American edition. Philadelphia: Thomas Bradford, 1795. Leatherbound hardcover, 5.25 x 8.5, 379 pages. Signed on the title …

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Rare original bookplate engraved by Paul Revere for John Gardiner of Gardiner's Island, 3.25 x 4.25, featuring his coat of arms: the image features a heavily decorated Chippendale-style border with mantling, leaves, and flowers surrounding a crest. The central image features three powder horns with clovers divided by a chevron. At the helm is a bent arm in armor with a bare hand holding what …

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Eminent American senator and statesman (1813-1861), dubbed the 'Little Giant,' perhaps best remembered for his role in the Lincoln-Douglas debates during the 1858 campaign for the Senate race in Illinois. ALS signed “S. A. Douglas,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 3, 1854. Letter to Sidney Webster, who had been the private White House secretary to President Franklin Pierce. In …

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ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8.5, National Woman Suffrage Association letterhead, March 7, 1885. Written from New Orleans, a letter to Ms. Underwood, in part: "Yours of Feb. 28th has just overtaken me…I am overwhelmed with the amount enclosed. I wrote Ms. Robinson before leaving Washington to leave my travelling expenses. She having paid my hotel bill of $11.70—and that I…

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Engineer and business executive (1876-1942) who, along with his brothers William and Arthur and friend William Harley, founded the famed Harley-Davidson Motor Company in 1903 and served as its first president, a post he retained until his death. TLS, one page, 8.25 x 7.25, Harley-Davidson Motor Co. letterhead, May 19, 1937. Letter to Gene Walters, in full, “Thank you very much for your very …

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Bold vintage pencil signature, "Thos. A. Edison,” on a white 3 x 2 card. In fine condition, with slight brushing to the pencil, a paperclip impression to the top edge, and old mounting remnants on the back. Accompanied by a modern unsigned photo of Edison in his lab. A prime example of Edison's iconic 'umbrella' signature.

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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 11, blindstamped personal letterhead, November 5, 1953. Letter to Lester Murphy in Brooklyn, in full: "Thank you for sending me your manuscript and the book by Lecomte de Nouy. I find the man interesting in what he tells about our knowledge in paleontology and his doubts about the opinion that natural selection has given a satisfactory explana…

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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 10.5, blindstamped Princeton letterhead letterhead, April 23, 1945. Letter to artist and photographer Robert Haas in New York City, in full (translated): "Many thanks for the well done pictures. I have marked on the back side those which, in my opinion, are the best, and I would appreciate it if you would send me some of these." In very good t…

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Manuscript DS, one page both sides, 8 x 9.75, November 26, 1813. Power of attorney document associated with a patent arbitration case in Hartford, by which Fulton authorizes "John Devereux Delacy of the City of New York for me and on my part and behalf to appear, act, transact and do all matter and things whatsoever, and an award agree to and make in the above case as by the said patent law is or…

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Important handwritten religious manuscript by Isaac Newton, one page, 7.5 x 3, no date. Newton weighs in on a central tenet of Christianity, researching the origin of the doctrine of the trinity, writing in full: "The Council of Nice in decreeing the son to be ὁμοούσιος consubstantial to the father, understood that the father & son were …

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ALS signed “Your affectionate son, Sam. F. B. Morse,” one page, 7.75 x 9.5, March 19, 1825. Written from New York, a letter to his father, pastor and geographer Jedidiah Morse, in full: "On board the Packet Sloop Cornelia Capt. Hemmenway, (by which vessel I drop this line in case she arrives before my letter by the mail) you will find two barrels, five bottles cider, and two groce of …

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TLS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, 28 Hyde Park Gate letterhead, December 8, 1949. Letter to Sir Richard Wells, in full: "Thank you for your letter of December 2 about the Grand Habitation of the Primrose League next April. I would suggest that Lord Salisbury should be asked to be the principal speaker on this occasion." In fine condition, with light creasing to t…

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TLS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, Hyde Park Gate letterhead, May 2, 1951. Letter to editor and publisher Desmond Flower, in full: "Thank you so much for your letter of April 26 and for sending me your cheque in respect of the new book of speeches, and the counterpart agreement, which I am glad to have. When do you think you will be able to publish?" In fine condi…

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World War II-dated TLS in French, signed "C. De Gaulle," one page, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, October 6, 1942. Letter to Captain Vaisseau Ortoli on board the Triumphant, in part (translated): "Your beautiful building will soon resume the sea. You know what friendship I have for you. So you follow I, one and the other, carefully in your travels, and I hope, in your battles." In the upper left, d…

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Significant assemblage of ink signatures from the Grand Alliance leaders of late World War II—Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—penned on individual off-white slips ranging in size from 2.25 x .5 to 3.5 x .5. Matted together with a photo of the three men at the 1945 Potsdam Conference and framed to an overall size of 10.25 x 12.75. In overall fine condition. The …

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Resplendent oversized matte-finish 18.75 x 23.25 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II seated and wearing her glimmering crown jewels by Royal Court photographer Dorothy Wilding, affixed to its original 20.25 x 26 studio mount, neatly signed on the mount in fountain pen, "Elizabeth R, 1953." Reverse of the mount bears Wilding's studio label, which is numbered in pencil: “015957, J.” In f…

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Original 8 x 14.75 wanted poster for John Dillinger, issued on June 23, 1934, by the US Department of Justice, featuring an image of him at the top. The poster offers a “reward of $10,000.00 for the capture of John Herbert Dillinger or a reward of $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of John Herbert Dillinger.” A physical description of the outlaw is below as well as additi…

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Original 7.5 x 7.75 wanted poster for John Dillinger, issued on March 12, 1934, by the US Department of Justice for a violation of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act. Poster features Dillinger’s fingerprints and mugshots, and lists a physical description, his alias “Frank Sullivan,” and his criminal history, including arrests for assault, bank robbery, and murder. The bottom s…

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Original 1957 Arlington Heights High School 'Yellow Jacket' yearbook, 8.25 x 10.75, 151 pages, depicting Oswald in his 10th grade biology class on page 104. Caption below the photo reads, "Bing! You're hypnotized, says Janet Bolin to Lee Oswald in the old bio lab." In fine condition, with signatures of various students to the pastedowns and some inner pages. Oswald had enrolled in 10t…

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